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'Second-best' is of little solace to CHS tennis team
Tiller shatters school record with 117 victories
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THOMAS DELOACH IS EXPECTED to battle for a starting spot in singles when he returns to the Camden tennis team for his sophomore campaign next season. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
When Roger Smoak called his friend and Chapin High boys’ head tennis coach, John Rodgers, to congratulate him on the Eagles’ third consecutive AAA state championship, the veteran Bulldog boss heard the phrase which would make any coach feel good, at first, before cringing after thinking about it for a while.“When I talked to John,” Smoak said, “he said, ‘I’m talking to the coach of the second-best (AAA) team in the state.’ I thought that was nice of him to say that and, it was very complimentary of our team.”Nobody should know that fact better than Rodgers, whose team defeated Camden, 4-2, in the second round of the state tournament. The match was the toughest for Chapin in its path to the state title. It also marked the second time in three years in which the Eagles put the Bulldogs’ season to bed.